Visit the links above to take immediate action by donating or volunteering.
Click here to read more about volunteering during COVID-19.
If you need help, please contact our Help Center by calling 216.738.2067 or visit GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Get-Help/Help-Center.
Sign up to receive more frequent updates from Mary LaVigne-Butler, VP of External Affairs, on how the Food Bank is adjusting and responding to meet the needs of our community during this unprecedented time by clicking here.
How can you help?
We are relying on increased fundraising efforts and financial resources in order to meet the growing emergency needs of our community and protect those individuals and families most vulnerable to food insecurity. You can help raise these critical dollars by:
- Donating online at GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Give
- Organizing a "virtual food drive" and recruiting and encouraging your coworkers, families and friends to donate. Set up your virtual food drive at GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/VFD.
- Call 216.535.2051 to donate over the phone
Thanks to the Ohio National Guard’s additional help at the Food Bank, we are limiting our volunteer hours, so please be sure to check our website for open volunteer shifts prior to arriving.
If you wish to volunteer at the Food Bank, you must sign up in advance. Visit our website, www.GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Volunteer, daily to see available opportunities.
Food donations are needed and helpful during this time. Please consider donating one of our Top 10 Most Needed Items - these are non-perishable, shelf stable items. You can download the list here.
Advocating to the State and Federal government for additional SNAP benefits and other resources for people who miss hours at work, families whose children miss school, and flexibility on how we distribute government food to improve safety for all concerned. We are contacting our elected officials and asking them to support the emergency spending bill (H.R. 6201) to help with the COVID-19 pandemic.
This emergency spending bill includes language to provide emergency nutrition assistance to those in need. Also included is additional funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which will help food banks provide food to low-income Americans during the crisis, with some extra funds designed for storage and distribution of this food.
Learn more about how you can help the Food Bank's advocacy efforts at GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Advocate.
We encourage all Food Bank employees, volunteers, and other visitors who are experiencing any symptoms of illness to stay home. We are also reminding all that enter our facility to wash their hands regularly and practice good hygiene.
Additionally, please continue to follow the guidance of public health officials:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Clean high-touch areas - counters, tables, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, nightstands - every day using household cleaning spray or wipes according to label directions